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Workforce Development

Seitz Stainless in Avon, Minnesota fabricates stainless tanks that are used to process materials used in such well-known consumer products as Cheetos, Schwan's ice cream and Gallo wine.

The Initiative Foundation believes a skilled workforce is essential to the well-being of Central Minnesota.

Even as our region recovers from recession, many employers report that future growth may be limited by lack of access to skilled workers.

By 2018 it's anticipated that 70 percent of Minnesota jobs will require a post-secondary education. That means the time is now for Central Minnesota to invest in its workforce.

The Initiative Foundation is investing in Central Minnesota's future in a number of ways: 

* Grants to programs for displaced or underemployed workers that lead to employment or advancement in growing industries.

* Support for small businesses, including consulting services, mentorship and training. 

The Foundation also partners with economic development organizations and higher education institutions to ensure that training opportunities reflect the needs of the region’s growing businesses.



 Don Hickman
Vice President for Community
 Workforce Development
(320) 631-2043